Haunted Histories

Haunted HistoriesPeabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street27oct5:00 pm10:00 pm


(Thursday) 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Peabody Essex Museum

161 Essex Street

Event Details

Thursday, October 27, 2022 from 5-10 pm

Location: 128 Essex St., Salem
5–6 pm | Family-Friendly Hour | $18 (ages 6+), $10 (members), and Free (ages 5 and under)
6:45–10 pm | Goosebump-Inducing | $25 (ages 6+), $15 (members), and Free (ages 5 and under)

This October, step into Salem’s dark past on a candlelit visit to several of PEM’s historic houses located in the heart of downtown. Hear haunting tales of murder and mystery based on real events, told by storytellers dressed in authentic period garb. Listen as a young girl is terrorized in the night by an inhuman creature stalking Salem, or hear how a man encounters vampires at every turn. And discover how one historic house becomes the site of a horrific murder.

These intimate stories, told in groups of 12 or less, will be sure to raise the hair on your arms. To calm your beating heart, consider purchasing warm drinks and sugary bites from the food truck. For the goosebump-inducing ticket holders, join us around the firepit to warm up and hear even more haunted tales from our roving rogue.

Storytelling takes place inside three of PEM’s historic houses: the John Ward (1684), Quaker Meeting (about 1688), and Derby-Beebe Summer house (1799). Family-friendly stories are suitable for children and last around 30 minutes; goosebump-inducing tales for adults last around 45 minutes.

Purchase Family-Friendly Tickets Here

Purchase Goosebump-Inducing Tickets Here

Tickets are nonrefundable. Present your Haunted Histories ticket for $5 off general admission to PEM through Halloween. Guests must arrive 15 minutes prior to their ticketed time.

Haunted Histories After Dark is held on Thursday, October 27, and on Friday, October 28.

Please note: These historic properties are not wheelchair accessible and will require visitors to ascend several steps to get inside. Once inside, floors may be uneven and the space will be tight. Guests will need to stand while in the houses. Masks are not required but encouraged. Food and drink will be available for purchase but will not be allowed in the properties, and no public restrooms are available. The fire will not be lit during the family-friendly hour. Rain or shine, we’ll see you there!